Cellucor BCAA Revamped for G4 Series!

Cellucor Beta BCAA

Cellucor is updating their Cor-Performance Series BCAA product with a shiny new label and revised ingredient profile.

As we’ve seen with many of Cellucor’s Chrome Series moving to the new G4 Series (including the new C4 formula), they are now following suit with their COR-Performance Series as well. β-BCAA and Cor Whey are the only two so far in the line (which also includes Cor ZMA and Creatine) to get an upgrade, but we’re fairly certain the other products will in due time.

What’s going on here?

The BCAA market has gone through a major shift since Cellucor BCAA originally came out. Namely, amino acid prices have continually dropped – which has priced Cellucor’s initial product right out of the market.

It’s been retailing at $39.99 for 30 scoops of 5g BCAA, and while we normally find it for under $30, it’s still not nearly as inexpensive as some of the deals we’ve found on our popular new Best BCAA Supplement spreadsheet and hot supplement deals page.

So Cellucor must have decided it was time for a refresh of this delicious product.

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B-BCAA Ingredients

Aside from getting a pretty new label, Cellucor as tweaked the formula slightly for β-BCAA. The original version of β-BCAA contained 5g of BCAAs, 1.6g of Beta Alanine, 2mg of Citrulline Malate, and 750mg of HICA.

The revised formula has trimmed away the Citrulline Malate and HICA, leaving us with just BCAAs and Beta Alanine.

  • L-Leucine (2.5g)

    Leucine is the most well known and studied of the 3 BCAAs. It triggers the mTOR pathway in the body which activates muscle protein synthesis and can also stimulate insulin secretion.[1]

  • L-Isoleucine (1.25g)

    Leucine’s weaker little brother, Isoleucine’s main upside resides in its ability to stimulate glucose uptake and its utilization by the body during periods of intense exercise.[2,3]

  • L-Valine (1.25g)

    Cellucor G4 Beta BCAA Ingredients

    The G4 version of Beta BCAA streamlines its profile by removing the HICA and Citrulline Malate, but we have to ask why?

    The final of the 3 BCAAs, Valine does provide a similar effect to Leucine in its ability to promote glycogen synthesis within muscle cells and has been found to stimulate insulin secretion in the pancreas.[2,4]

  • Beta Alanine (1.6g)

    The vast majority of supplement users have heard of beta alanine (BA) and know what it does. It’s the amino acid that gives people “tingles” when first using it. It does much, much more than than make you feel charged up though.

    It improves muscular endurance during brief periods of intense exercise, such as sprinting or rowing. Beta alanine helps fight fatigue by preventing the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles which typically coincides with muscular failure.[5,6,7,8]

    The typically prescribed effective dosage is 3.2g to elicit the endurance and strength boosting benefits associated with BA. β-BCAA provides half of our daily dose. In order to get the other half, you can see if your current pre workout contains any or simple add some bulk BA to get to the full dosage.

    Since most pre workouts have roughly 1.5-2g, this is actually a great play by Cellucor, and most intra workout supplements don’t contain this incredible amino.

Why remove HICA?

We’re not sure why HICA was removed, but this is disappointing, since it has at least one really effective human study behind it.[9] It’s easy to find citrulline and citrulline malate elsewhere, such as in your pre workout supplement, but HICA is an ingredient that initially set Beta BCAA apart from the pack. Only a few other BCAA Supplements have it… and now Cellucor has one less major differentiator here.

All we can say is that we hope that there will be a worthy price drop to make up for these ingredient losses, and that is what’s actually rumored to happen.

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Beta-BCAA vs Alpha Amino

Now, the question arises, which BCAA product is right for me. As you well know, Cellucor offers two options to satisfy your amino acid cravings. We’ve already gone over what β-BCAA has to offer, but what about Alpha Amino.

Cellucor G3 Beta BCAA Ingredients

G3 Beta BCAA had some proven endurance boosters with HICA and Citrulline Malate that are gone from the G4 update.

Looking at the two, you can see that β-BCAA is a much more bare bones supplement consisting of just branched-chain amino acids and beta alanine. Alpha Amino on the other hand has several more ingredients including Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) and hydration agents (Coconut Water and Taurine).

Which is right for me?!

Depending on your overall goals, they can both be interchanged to maximize your workouts and achieve better results. It does not matter which product you choose to start with as both contain the standard 5g dose of BCAAs.

If you start your day with an early HIIT cardio session or do something that makes you sweat alot, Alpha Amino could make a bit more sense. Since it also has HydroMax in it, it might also be better for lifters.

On the other hand, Beta BCAA is now more basic, and we expect it to be less expensive. If you don’t already have enough supplemental beta alanine, it will be an easy way to boost endurance, especially for cardio users.

Wrap Up

Cellucor has revamped β-BCAA with a simpler, more streamlined ingredient label, but we have to ask why? Is it due to cost, convenience, fan feedback, or what?

We’re not sure. Since you’re technically getting less than the previous product contained, you should expect the price of β-BCAA to go down significantly as Citrulline Malate and HICA are not the cheapest ingredients to have. According to Stack3d, this is gonna be 20% cheaper than the current version of β-BCAA,[10] so make sure to sign up for price drop alerts below to get the best deal!!

No doubt, both the watermelon and tropical punch flavors of the original version were incredible. If anything, we expect them to get even better – especially with no citrulline taste to fight.

Once the new product filters on into new stores, we’re hoping it’ll go down and be competitive with other standard BCAA powders on the market, as broken down in our Best BCAA spreadsheet / guide.

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References

  1. Newsholme P, et al. New insights into amino acid metabolism, beta-cell function and diabetes. Clin Sci (Lond). (2005)
  2. Doi M, et al. Isoleucine, a potent plasma glucose-lowering amino acid, stimulates glucose uptake in C2C12 myotubes. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. (2003)
  3. Kleinert M, et al. An amino acid mixture enhances insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in isolated rat epitrochlearis muscle. J Appl Physiol. (2011)
  4. Fasching P, et al. Insulin production following intravenous glucose, arginine, and valine: different pattern in patients with impaired glucose tolerance and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Metabolism. (1994)
  5. Tallon MJ, et al. The carnosine content of vastus lateralis is elevated in resistance-trained bodybuilders. J Strength Cond Res. (2005)
  6. Baguet A, et al. Important role of muscle carnosine in rowing performance. J Appl Physiol. (2010)
  7. Suzuki Y, et al. The effect of sprint training on skeletal muscle Carnosine in humans. Int J Sport Health Sci. (2004)
  8. Kendrick IP, et al. The effects of 10 weeks of resistance training combined with beta-alanine supplementation on whole body strength, force production, muscular endurance and body composition. Amino Acids. (2008)
  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20051111
  10. http://www.stack3d.com/2015/06/cor-bcaa-price.html
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